Madison Police Officers Propose Changes to Drop-Off/Pick-Up Patterns on Glenwild

Madison Police Officer John Keymer shares a safe alternative for school traffic on Glenwild. Credits: Liz Keill
MADISON, NJ – Parents and students may have a safer approach to the drop-off/pick-off procedure on Glenwild Road for Torey J. Sabatini School.
At the Madison Board of Education meeting on Aug. 28, Police Officers John Keymer and Chad Rybka proposed a one-way access from Loantaka to Glenwild between 8 and 8:45 a.m. and 3 and 3:30 p.m. on school days.
“The pros are that it will be safer for children and parents,” Keymer said, “and crossing guards can monitor activity.” He said residents on the street would still be able to move in and out of their driveways. K-turns, turning in driveways and u-turns will not be allowed.
He acknowledged there are some cons to the plan. In an attempt to avoid the one-way issue, drivers might park along Green Village Road, which is heavily traveled, as is Woodland Road.

The officer suggested that an ordinance not be initiated at this time. “Let’s see if it works,” he said. He added the police have been in contact with Drew University, whose property backs onto Glenwild. “They’ll clean up the area by the fence,” he said. “We have to give it a shot. This is not written in stone.”  He said parents would be notified of one-way change from Loantaka to Glenwild.
An alternative would be to make Glenwild at Green Village Road one-way going west. Advantages include: vehicles won’t have to go all the way around: all vehicles would be on one side of the Drew University area; no lawn damage to residences or blocking of driveways.
But on the negative side, Keymer said, the school guards can’t monitor the situation. Children and parents would still have to cross at the crosswalk by a driveway. 
Board President Lisa Ellis thanked the officers for initiating dialogue with the state to improve pedestrian safety at the Madison Junior School. Rybka said the canopy of trees was low, obscuring signs and that has been resolved. Markings will be installed in the middle of the street, designating a school zone, which he anticipates completing in the next two months. In conjunction with the state Department of Transportation, an effort is being made to lower the speed limit from 30 mph to 25 during the school session. But that could take up to two years, he said. “We’ve been fairly happy with the state’s response,” Rybka said.
In other board news, Superintendent of Schools Michael Rossi noted the Madison School District was rated 6th throughout the state in the latest NJ Monthly publication. “We’re thrilled about that,” he said, adding it’s a reflection on the hardworking faculty, parents and students at all five schools. “It’s a great way to start the academic year,” he said.
This fall also starts block scheduling at Madison High School. Rossi called attention to the district’s homepage, with the Superintendent’s Corner that covers core standards, the vision for the year and other matters. Teacher orientation has been taking place and will include a tour of Madison. “We have a big crop of new employees, over 30,” he said.
Board member Kevin Blair thanked the Kings Road PTO for its donation to paint the music room and Central Avenue PTO for donating a climbing wall and its installation.

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